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Wrongful Death

It’s never easy to discuss the death of a loved one. When a family member is killed as a result of negligence, you need an experienced attorney who can help solve the financial and legal issues, not just send you a bill and add to your grief. So if you suspect your family member was a victim of wrongful death, I will fight for you.

Over the past 36 years, I have helped many families recover financially and emotionally from the loss of their loved ones. There is more to a wrongful death case than money. It is important to help families deal with loss of companionship, grief, loss of parental guidance and more.

A wrongful death claim is filed when someone’s negligence causes the death of another. It could be from an automobile accident, truck accident, nursing home abuse or neglect, or from any other negligent or intentional misconduct.

If you are a spouse, domestic partner, child, sibling, parent, or other relative of the deceased who can show monetary or emotional injury, you may file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death plaintiff may recover:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of income from the deceased
  • Medical expenses prior to death
  • Loss of household support
  • Loss of child rearing support
  • Loss of medical and retirement benefits
  • Other economic losses sustained by the death of a loved one as well as non-economic damages such as mental anguish and suffering

Wrongful death statutes provide compensation for spouses, children, parents, and potentially other relatives of the deceased, including:

  • Financial support that would have been provided by deceased
  • The grief the family has suffered
  • The loss of companionship the family has suffered
  • Any physical and mental pain suffered by the deceased prior to death
  • The medical and burial expenses

In the death of a minor child, only the parents are entitled to damages. These damages include:

  • Medical and burial expenses
  • Loss of anticipated services and support
  • Loss of love and companionship of the child
  • The destruction of the parent/child relationship
  • Monies expended in the support, maintenance, and education of the child may also be recoverable

Timeliness is critical. If someone close to you has recently passed and you suspect the cause of death included the negligent or intentional conduct of another, don’t wait.

Please contact me for a free consultation. I can help you and your family recover the losses, and set you on a path to healing and closure.